• Abstract

    This exhaustive examination focuses on the nuanced coping mechanisms utilized by grown-ups in navigating stressful situations. It intricately dissects the multifaceted dimensions of how people perceive stress. In particular, it highlights how people evaluate stress factors as menacing challenges or manageable tasks, and consequentially, how they respond to them. To offer a comprehensive viewpoint, this review undertook a thorough exploration of pertinent research from the DOAJ and EBSCOhost databases, concentrating on literature published within the last decade. The examination encompasses diverse aspects of stress, encompassing its cognitive appraisal, adaptive coping mechanisms, and interventions aimed at alleviating its impact. Stress manifests diversely among individuals, being inherently subjective. Its ramifications can range from severe repercussions to perceived challenges with positive outcomes. Coping mechanisms are deeply rooted in learned behaviors, shaped by familial and past traumatic encounters. Recognizing prevalent stress reactions is crucial for crafting effective coping strategies. Problem-solving and seeking social support rank high among successful coping methods. Emotion regulation tactics also aid in managing stress responses. Conversely, nonadaptive coping mechanisms offer short-term relief but often neglect addressing underlying stressors. This review highlights the pivotal role of coping mechanisms in the realm of stress alleviation among adult populations. Approaches centered on finding solutions, such as active problem-solving and seeking social reinforcement, surface as invaluable assets for individuals navigating through stressful situations. It is imperative to acknowledge that adults possess the autonomy to opt for coping strategies that can efficiently counteract the negative impacts of stress. Through understanding and advocating for these strategies, individuals can refine their stress management prowess, thereby fostering better mental health outcomes and overall holistic well-being.

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